Teachers want more from Prop. 30

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SAN DIEGO — In his State of the State address, Governor Jerry Brown praised teachers for their hard work and thanked voters for passing Proposition 30, but the Governor gave little detail as to how the money generated by the new tax will be put to use, leaving many educators feeling uncertain.

“The uncertainty comes because we don’t know how the money will be divided among our schools,” said Music Watson, spokesperson for the San Diego County Office of Education.

Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 5.58.27 PMThe new tax brought on by Prop 30 is set to generate roughly $6 billion over the next 7 years, but not all of the money will go straight to schools, Brown said.  He’s putting some of the money away.

“Let us follow the wisdom of Joseph, pay down our debts and store up reserves for later,” said Brown.

Brown is proposing a new formula to allocate supplemental funds to schools on a need basis, rather than on performance.

“Equal treatment for children living in unequal situations is not justice,” said Watson.

Education leaders believe this means tough choices are still to come.

“We may see some districts that do have to lay off teachers, there are 42 districts in San Diego County and each one is in a very unique situation,” said Watson.